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When it was announced, few features of Windows Phone 7excited us more than Xbox Live integration, but unfortunately, the connection between the two isn't as extensive as we would have hoped. Luckily, Windows Phone Sauce delved into the upcoming update, Windows Phone 7 Mango, and has happily uncovered a couple of upgrades in regards to Xbox Live support.
First up, the ability to invite friends to play games with you has surfaced; hinting at real-time multiplayer support. In addition, voice and party chat capabilities have also been discovered, as well as access to messages received through Xbox Live. Rounding out the new features hidden within Mango is the ability to share your Xbox Live profile through Facebook.
With Xbox Live on its way to Windows 8, these updates may be an indication of where Microsoft is headed on their way to creating an ecosystem based on the service. In any case, the improvements coming to Mango are a proper step in the right direction.
Windows Phone 7 Mango will be available starting this Fall.